The sentence is:

I have got to wait for the bus.

Now if my friend wants to ask me about it,
First question is:

What would the question be?

  1. Have you got to wait for the bus?
  2. Do you have to wait for the bus?

Second question is:

What would be the answer?

  1. Yes I have
  2. Yes I have got
  3. Yes I do.

I think the word have got to is not an auxiliary verb, so I think we need to use the do both for the question and for the answer

  • Either version of the question is fine. The answer to (1) is "Yes, I have; to (2), "Yes, I do". Jan 11, 2020 at 17:34
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    What @KateBunting said. But note that the full answers (reflecting in each case the structure of the question) are (1) "Yes, I have to wait for the bus" and (2) "Yes, I do have to wait for the bus". From both of which it's perfectly natural to "delete" the final 3 or 4 words because they're predictable repetitions of a parallel construction. It's also "valid" (but not all that common) to delete the last 5 words from (1), so Yes, I have is a credible response. But it's at least non-idiomatic (probably "ungrammatical", I dunno) to respond to (2) with Yes, I do have. Jan 11, 2020 at 17:42
  • Only my personal preference. But i prefer "must" to "have got to" or various forms. Alternatively "need to" if it's a case that something depends on the action. Or "am required to" if it's a law or regulation or some such. But "have got to" sounds very awkward to me.
    – puppetsock
    Jan 11, 2020 at 18:45
  • @puppetsock Yes, indeed, have got is frowned on, but as it is very commonly used in colloquial speech I didn't want to complicate the issue by correcting it. Jan 12, 2020 at 9:52

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The following paragraph applies to my idiolect:

It's "I have to wait for the bus", "Do you have to wait for the bus?" and "Yes, I do". "Have" is not invertible, although there are archaic uses of it being inverted (e.g. "Baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool"). "Have got" is redundant and ungrammatical.

From what I can tell, "have got" is much more prevalent in BrE than AmE.

  • Same in my Australian idiolect. However, I would expect to hear “got” in the sentence when particular compulsion needs to be communicated. “Look I’d love to walk with you, but I’ve GOT TO wait for the bus here or else I’ll never get home in time!” Jan 12, 2020 at 3:17

The answer would 'yes', assuming it's true. Doesn't require anything else.

Dependant upon the context you may want to stress the need to wait : Do you have to wait (as opposed to walking) - the answer could be emphasised by yes, I do.

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